Discovering Your Mantle: Walking into Destined, Inherent Worth-Part I

SARAH’S NOTE: My friend, Jennifer Owens, wrote today’s guest post. I met Jennifer through a mutual friend and have gleaned from her leadership gift. Over time, four of us (another mutual friend) formed a women’s prayer group called SHINE. Through SHINE, I’ve not only learned much from these ladies, but formed a tight bond as well. 

I’ve asked these ladies to guest post, so this is Jennifer’s debut to our community. (You can read her bio at the end of this post.)

Jennifer Owen, amateur photographer, took this photo.

I am going to share something with you that may seem like a secret, but actually – it’s all a treasure sitting in the Word of God. The topic? Mantles.

Mantles are how we (God’s chosen people) stand close to God in intimate relationship and connect with the most intimate part of God in us, and how to extend that same wealth to God’s people by tapping into an innate knowledge on how to use our purpose for His good. Our spiritual mantles have a twofold purpose: 

1.) To bless us as leaders and show us our inheritance in the Lord

2.) To touch the heart of God’s people and bless them to grow in their personal leadership exponentially.

In the Vine’s Dictionary, a mantle is defined as a veil:

Veil: lit., “that which is spread out” (petannumi) “before” (kata), hence, “a veil,” is used

(a) of the inner “veil” of the tabernacle, Heb. 6:19; 9:3;

(b) of the corresponding “veil” in the Temple. Mat 27:51; Mar 15:38; Luke 23:45;

(c) metaphorically of the “flesh” of Christ. Heb. 10:20, i.e., His body which He gave up to be crucified, thus by His expiatory death providing a means of the spiritual access of believers, the “new and living way,” into the presence of God.

We experience seasons where we bear our inheritances in life.

What does this mean? And what is an inheritance?

An inheritance is something God leaves behind that gives us complete access to Himself and His goods—His personal treasure!   

What is God’s greatest goods? Us.

He loved us so much He made us in His own image. By creating our mantles, he created us as proof revealing He’s our covering and dwells within us. Like the priests in the Old Testament who could enter beyond the veil, we also can enter that same space, but we don’t need to sacrifice bulls, rams and goats. We sacrifice our bodies. This enacts our purpose in the earth.

In Genesis 49:1-27, Jacob honors all of his twelve sons. Several of his sons are blessed in this passage, while others are not. Some walk in obedience, and others do not. Some fulfill their call and influence mightily in the end, and his other descendants do not.

When a deceased person leaves behind an inheritance, the person is providing an inheritance for the inheritor, so they will be covered and cared for in their absence. Think of mantles as a piece of that inherent worth. Yet, it’s also a discovery of influence and power, when coupled with righteousness and faith, as we give honor to the Lord on the earth.

Abraham’s promise states:” In you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) As Abraham’s descendants, we are all inheritors and have access to that blessing. Thus, as families, we have generational blessings due us. When I first explored mantles and how they work, I had a family member needing grave prayer. Through prayer, God revealed we could all help to release him and after several intense months of prayer, he was free.

Mantles are a way of honoring God daily with our sacrifices. In the days of the Old Testament, the priests would make specific offerings to God on behalf of His people to remedy their sin. In fact, they would have to make sacrifices several times a month, several days a week, and sometimes daily to remain in right standing with God and absolve us of our sins.   

Romans 12:1, 2 says: ”Present your  bodies as a living sacrifice…”  

We share our bodies as an instrument – a reasonable sacrifice in adhering to God’s ways. And as we are enlightened, His people flourish. They shine and so do we. 

Today, God allows our mantles to serve as our sacrifice to Him as we honor God and “acknowledge Him in all our ways,” (Proverbs  3:6). We make sacrifices through our obedience, through walking with him in righteousness, and walking in His truth.

We are all leaders and our mantles are used to help people flourish and lead on the earth.

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10 KJV

God wants to bring heaven to earth, and He does that through the sanctification of our bodies – as we submit them to God. We are given our leadership gifts to walk in our sphere of influence.

I have a circle of friends in ministry who work together to secure each other’s gifts. We all were brought together with a similar love for prayer. In that, we developed a prayer team. As it developed, God revealed our mantles.

I help bring enlightenment through decision-making; another sister helps secure other’s identity and self-respect; another helps preserve one’s knowledge (protecting the thoughts they have and affirming them); and another sister offers influence to help others become more secure

This revelation happened quickly. Our local prayer group, Shine, has grown in the past seven months, and has served as an affirmation of our purpose and leadership. For we have witnessed how our mantles have influenced and brought clarity to help lead and encourage others in the Body of Christ.

When Jacob blessed his sons, he revealed the family blessing for each son’s lineage, and all of this was done before he died to preserve the inheritance. He declared each son’s purpose and before he died, he released them into their purpose by acknowledging their mantles.

Other leaders and fathers have shared their mantles before Jacob, and apostles and prophets even transferred their mantles, so their inheritor could perform a greater work. Moses gave his mantle to Joshua, and the Lord became the ‘ Commander of His Army’ and helped Joshua continue on. Before leaving the earth, the prophet Elijah transferred his mantle—leaving behind his power and influence—to Elisha. Thus, Elisha went on to perform many miracles. When Aaron and Hur held up Moses’s hands on the mountain, Joshua, leading the army in the valley below, prevailed and won the war. (Exodus 17:11, 12)

God will do notable miracles in our lives. The way we experience and participate in the miracles is by choosing to be His vessel and consciously blessing others as His inheritor. The Bible says, we are “heirs of God… and joint heirs with Christ,” (Romans 8:17) and seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). So, we have this capacity!

(Part II continued next week.) Blessed by this post? Follow Jennifer on her blog: Jennrene.com.

What have you discovered about your mantle or leadership gift? Please share in Comments below.
Jennifer Owens, LMSW: a licensed social worker in Oklahoma. She has her own marketplace ministry called OtherSide Enterprises, LLC, for the past 15 years. She’s held retreats and conferences for women, and offered spiritual coaching sessions to help people desiring to strengthen their leadership in Christ. She also helps them become more aware of their spiritual gifts and mantles to give spiritual direction for growth in their personal callings in the Lord. She has been a social worker for 25 years and a therapist for 20 years; and she continues to help guide leaders through spiritual decision-making and being aware of their calling and mantles.

Jennifer has written a Christian book called: Red Sea Situations: Finding Courage in the Deep Seas of Life (Book 1)She has self-care coaching course for leaders and a course to help leaders find true rest that’s called: The Rhythm Conscious Life.  And she also blogs on her website: Jennrene.com.

 She leads a group called Mentor My Sister, along with a prayer leadership group in the community she mentors called SHINE (Sisters Helping Intercede, Nurture & Excel).

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  1. Thanks sarah! So blessed to know you as friend and thanks for encouraging me to write!

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